10 New York flowers to inspire you during May

The bridging weeks between spring and summer are always magical, as the garden truly comes alive! Last week, I was hanging out in the native plant garden at the New York Botanical Garden, and was fan-girling all over the place! The 3.5 acre native garden features only plants that are native to north-eastern USA and…

What’s this Chihuly thing then?

It can be hard to choose the right material features for your garden, but have you ever considered using glass? The American artist, Dale Chihuly, has led the development of glass blowing becoming a form of fine art. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Chihuly’s training included a spell in Venice, where he observed how teams blow glass. He…

9 things you will like about America

Whilst there are some things that un-nerve and disgruntle an Englishman in America, there are quite a few things that are warming: 1. You seldom have to walk far. 2. The service, whilst working for a tip, is so attentive that you’ll hate being back in the U.K., where the service is lacklustre at best. 3. Everyone…

9 things you won’t like about America

America is great, of course. But there are some things that will puzzle, irk, amuse and frustrate you; in that order. 1. Indulgent, carb rich food is heavily advertised and super tasty 2. Toilet cubicles have minimal privacy, people can see over, under and through the door. 2a. 1 and 2 aren’t linked, I promise….

Announcing the launch of Meadow Valley on HSN

I’m super excited to reveal my new project with USA television channel, HSN. During March and April, I will be presenting a range of specially curated plants as part of the new Meadow Valley gardening brand.               The innovative product range majors on plants that are new, different and…